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[Postmark: TIMES SQ. STA. N.Y. MAY 11 1130AM 1908 2]
Miss Anne Whitney
535 Beacon Street
[written in pencil: 7 ]
[printed letterhead: 4 WEST FIFTIETH STREET.]
My dear Miss Whitney
If I have seemed ungrateful, let me seem so no longer, for nothing could be further from the truth. I cannot half tell you of my delight and pleasure to find that you are a sculptor and that you have produced a work of
such power and beauty as this Roma. Why it is glorious! When we meet I shall tell you what some of our artist friends have said about it, friends whose judgments are far better worth than mine. But I can feel her majesty, her dignity, her patrios, her burden!
you are so good to let me have the photographs. and they shall go back to you in good time when I have had them copied.
Oh! how much heaven gave to you and how nobly you have used your talents One sinks down a little in despair too at one's own feebleness.
I begin to know you more. Think of Charlotte Schelter's coming to see me one day and telling me how she had often visited you and Miss Manning. Charlotte makes very pretty drawings and works devotedly for her art.
And now for explanations. I have been wofully sick for a month? and just as your letter came to say your orbit drew nearer to New York and would make of Canaan [Coune] a promised land for me,
disaster befell in tru shape of a fire which destroyed one of our most valued properties and brought a week of many cares and much correspondence and numerous family conferences. In spite of such inauspicious omens, I nearly had the hardihood to write and beg you to come to new
York to see us. But the thought of the stairs in our house and the guest room on the fourth floor finally stayed me.
I could not ask you to climb so far without having seen what your strength is for such adventures. But don't tell me that you will not come to Cornish. There I
can make you physically comfortable. We will write of it again. I will fulfill any conditions you may impose only let me see you. let me drink at this fountain something draws me. It was foreordained.
You look as if you would scorn to be ill. Don't scorn me because I am so weak, if you can help if. Though I often scorn myself. What do you think of the Emanuel Church movement? I have long believed that one ought to have will force enough to heal oneself. forgive me if I grow familiar, and let me write again soon to make plans for a meeting in late June or early July. A thousand thanks again for Roma. Faithfully yours
Antoinette Rotan Peterson
Peterson, Antoinette Rotan and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter from Antoinette Rotan Peterson, New York, New York, to Anne Whitney, Boston, Massachusetts, 1908 May 10" (1908). Papers of Anne Whitney (MSS.4): Correspondence. 986.